Direct Potable Reuse in Brownwood, Texas

Small oil boomtowns in Texas rarely make national news, let alone international headlines. Brownwood has an opportunity to become an exception. The city could become one of the first in the United States (along with Wichita Falls) to implement direct potable water reuse. Informally referred to as “toilet to tap”, direct potable reuse is a system where wastewater is treated to drinking water standards and sent directly through the drinking water system. 

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There are better options than the Vista Ridge Pipeline

When your glass of water is empty, its time to stick your straw in someone else’s glass, right? That seems to be the most recent water management strategy of the San Antonio Water Services (SAWS) board. On Monday, September 30th, the board unanimously approved a $3.4 billion plan to construct the Vista Ridge Pipeline, a project that will transfer up to 50,000 acre-feet of groundwater per year over 142 miles from the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer in Burleson County to San Antonio. As a statewide leader and innovator in water supply management, San Antonio water planners have taken a step in the wrong direction by approving the Vista Ridge Pipeline.

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